Autism is a complex disorder of the brain that typically lasts through a person's lifetime. Due to this complexity, and variability of symptoms, it is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. People with ASD have difficulties with social and communication skills and are often accompanied by behavioural challenges. Many people with autism have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. In most cases its causes are unknown. Approximately one in 68 people are diagnosed with ASD.
A child can show signs in the first years of life and diagnosis can typically happen from around three years of age. It can have a big impact on families due to the child’s behavioural problems.
We don’t yet know the causes. Current treatment most often involves behavioural therapy, sometimes medicine, and sometimes both.
The Florey’s researchers are trying to identify potential causes of ASD through research, and are working on developing effective therapies to reduce the symptoms and improve the lives of those affected.
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